The success of the health fund levy can best be epitomised when everyone including those in the rural areas begin to access affordable and quality health care services.
Experts in the health sector said it is critical that the radar be turned towards health funding models that adequately support the sector, ensure more facilities are constructed, avail modern diagnostic equipment as well as the resuscitate pharmaceutical firms.
Zimbabwe has not been resting on its laurels pertaining to health delivery.
Soon after attaining independence the government set out to construct state of the art provincial health centres in every province.
However, as the burden of funding the sector became unsustainable for the government, the private sector has to come on board.
Founder of an organisation called Doctors of Hope Zimbabwe, Dr Yassin Abdul said there is need to funnel more funding towards rural health centres to ensure better and modern facilities are constructed as well as availing key drugs.
Government too agrees that there is need to ensure drug manufacturing firms such as CAPS Holdings stay afloat.
The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said major savings can be accrued if the country manufactures its own drugs.
Chitungwiza Hospital serves as an example of how the country’s health delivery system has attracted the attention of the African Union as well as other European countries in terms of how public private partnerships can turn around the health sector.
Anticipation is that benefits from the health levy will ultimately see the price of drugs coming down as public health institutions would no longer be at the mercy of private players to peg prices of medication.
At the end of the day it becomes clear that with concerted efforts, the health sector can indeed be salvaged.